You know, I (Ryu) wasn’t here when the team made Most Likely To Get Axed lists. And I can say that I personally never thought Ike was in a lick of trouble. He was about as axe-able as Captain Falcon. Ike plays unlike any other character. He has an original moveset AND an original bodytype, being roughly Marth-sized but a Dedede-esque hitter.
[Wander here. I’ve thought that Lucas and Ike had good chances, too (just maybe a bit less than others), but it seemed like I was the only one around here who really believed that. It was a sort of “wouldn’t be surprised either way” kind of thing for me. I still have low hopes for Wolf, though.]
…And though I can’t speak for my fellow writers, I have complete faith in this; Absolutely no veteran cuts from Brawl.
Oh, okay no first-party veteran cuts from Brawl unrelated to transformation.